The Analytical Laboratory Awards

2019 Analytical Laboratory Results

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who voted in our annual poll on the previous year’s issues. Your votes help your favorite writers and artists by rewarding them directly and concretely for outstanding work. They help you by giving us a better feel for what you like and don’t like—which helps us know what to give you in the future.

We have six categories: novellas, novelettes, short stories, fact articles, poems, and covers. In each category, we asked you to list your three favorite items, in descending order of preference. Each first place vote counts as three points, second place two, and third place one. The total number of points for each item is divided by the maximum it could have received (if everyone had ranked it 1) and multiplied by 10. The result is the score listed below, on a scale of 0 (nobody voted for it) to 10 (everybody ranked it first). In practice, scores run lower in categories with many entries than in those with only a few. For comparison, the number in parentheses at the head of each category is the average for that category.


  1. “The Gorilla in a Tutu Principle or, Pecan Pie at Minnie and Earl’s,” Adam-Troy Castro (4.36)
  2. “The Savannah Problem,” Adam-Troy Castro (3.90)
  3. “You Must Remember This,” Jay O’Connell (3.59)


  1.  “Bonehunters,” Harry Turtledove (1.59)
  2. “The Slipway,” Greg Egan (1.18)
  3. “Ring Wave,” Tom Jolly (1.03)
  4. (tie) “At the Fall,” Alec Nevala-Lee (0.97)
    (tie) “A Mate Not a Meal,” Sarina Dorie (0.97)


  1. "All Tomorrow’s Parties,” Phoebe North (0.77)
  2. “Portle,” Robert Scherrer (0.72)
  3. “The Methuselah Generation,” Stanley Schmidt (0.52)
  4. (tie) “Sojourner,” Craig DeLancey (0.51)
    (tie) “A Place to Stand On,” Marie Vibbert (0.51)


  1. “The Venus Sweet Spot: Floating Home,” John J. Vester (2.36)
  2. “Do We Still Need NASA?,” C. Stuart Hardwick (2.10)
  3. “Building a Gravitational Wave Transmitter,” Albert Jackson & Gregory Benford (1.95)

POETRY (0.93)

  1. “Sequoias and Other Myths,” Stanley Schmidt (1.79)
  2. “Continuum,” G.O. Clark (1.38)
  3. “At the Natural History Museum,” Bruce Boston (1.23)
  4. “We Carry,” Marie Vibbert (1.03)
  5. “Hertha Ayrton,” Jessy Randall (0.92)

COVER (1.73)

  1. January/February, by Donato Giancola (3.08)
  2. May/June, by Tomislav Tikulin (2.62)
  3. September/October, by Kurt Huggins (2.10)

It’s not uncommon for an author to wind up competing with themselves in a category, particuarly in a category that tends to have fewer entries, like Novella and Fact, but it still attests to Adam-Troy Castro’s popularity nonetheless to have come in both First and Second.

The Novelette category really shows the readership’s broad tastes, in my opinion: a fun alternate-evolutionary-history from Harry Turtledove tops the list, but it’s closely followed by ultra-hard SF from Greg Egan and Tom Jolly (which, of course, makes sense).

And I know I say it every year, but the Short Story category is always highly competetive, and seeing a new-to-Analog author like Phoebe North do well right out of the gate is encouraging confirmation that readers are hungry for fresh ideas and voices.

It will be gratifying to all that Dr. Stanley Schmidt, who is no stranger to our Analog readers, won with his first ever poem for the magazine, “Sequoias and Other Myths.” The Poetry finalists prove that readers enjoy a range of styles and voices, most with a kernel of science, be it biography—Jessy Randall’s “Hertha Ayrton”—or scientific history—“At the Natural History Museum” by Bruce Boston. Meanwhile, “We Carry” by Marie Vibbert and “Continuum” by G.O. Clark show that we still need poetry that muses on the human condition.

Since AnLab votes are so important in encouraging authors and artists to do their best work, and to giving you the kind of magazine you most like to read, we hope to see even more next year. Use our online ballot, e-mail, or “snail mail”! (Remember to be careful to vote in the right category, as listed in the annual index. Sometimes a few votes are wasted by being cast in the wrong category, and those simply can’t be counted. Using our online ballot makes this much less likely.) 


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